Back in 2014 I reviewed What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible, recommending  it as an excellent resource for Bible study leaders. Just recently I’ve had the opportunity to read the companion volume, What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings. I highly recommend […]


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3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Create a Safe Environment | Part 5

October 14, 2015 | Comments Off on 3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Create a Safe Environment | Part 5

The third element of discipleship is creating a safe environment. (See the introduction to this article here.) Create a Safe Environment Discipleship is personal, so it’s important to create a safe environment where disciples can explore and grow. Here are three tips for creating safety: Meet in a Safe Place It isn’t always easy to […]


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3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Stress Application | Part 4

October 12, 2015 | Comments Off on 3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Stress Application | Part 4

The second element of disciple-making is stressing application. (See the introduction to this article here.) Stress Application It’s understandable to want to use a prepared Bible study. They often require much less preparation time. But few prepared studies will meet disciples where they are, and they seldom stress application. While it’s crucial to teach doctrine, […]


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Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul

July 16, 2013 | Comments Off on Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul

It’s another Charts book! This time on Paul. In April I reviewed Kregel Academic’s book of Charts on the Book of Hebrews. I loved it, and feel the same about this book. I wish I had had this book when I took my New Testament class last year. It sure would have made my life […]


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One of the features I like best about small groups is the accountability they offer—if the leader sets the tone and pace. Otherwise, small groups can become little more than social groups. SmallGroups.com has just published a new download Assessment Pack called Are We Building Accountability?  It features ten articles on accountability, including one I […]


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As many small groups begin in September, new leaders may face some trepidations, especially when facing that awkward, sometimes frightening, first small group meeting. They may wonder: How do I get started? Can I really lead a group? What if my first meeting is a flop and no one comes back?? What was I thinking, […]


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I just received a wonderful new resource. It’s Reading Revelation:  A Comparison of Four Interpretive Traditions of the Apocalypse from Kregel Academic. I wish I had had this book when our small group studied Revelation a few years ago! The author, eschatology expert C. Marvin Pate, has translated the entire book of Revelation from four different […]


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I know. Everyone’s writing on Thanksgiving and giving thanks, but I had to add my two cents to this most wonderful holiday. For the past year or so, I’ve been committed to making every day Thanksgiving. And I’ve seen my entire demeanor change. Now I make it a part of any ministry I do and […]


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SmallGroups.com just released their most recent download called Meaningful Prayer in Small Groups. I’m delighted to have three (3!) articles in this resource. These include my classic article, “Finding the Time to Pray” and two case studies, “Keeping Your Prayer Focus” and “Encouraging the Reluctant Pray-er.” These downloads are excellent training resources for small group […]


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Are You Stuck?

November 9, 2011 | 1 Comment

One of my areas of delight and specialization is working with people who are stuck in their personal or spiritual growth. People who know there’s more, but they can’t seem to grasp it. Or people who are so defeated they no longer even dream of more. Most of these people have been abused or seriously […]


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